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UPDATE: Woman dies after being struck in Nanaimo crosswalk

A Nanaimo woman died Thursday after being struck by a van in north Nanaimo Wednesday.

The collision happened at 7:15 p.m. when Mary Harriet Stevenson, 62, was hit by a panel van driven by a man, 47, as she entered the crosswalk at the Metral Drive and Doumont Road intersection.

Police said the driver immediately stopped to help the woman and called 911. She was rushed to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and was in intensive care.

Const. Gary O'Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said alcohol and speed were not contributing factors. The woman was in a crosswalk, but bad weather and the dark clothing she was wearing possibly prevented the driver from seeing her.

The woman's dog got loose after the incident and was hit by a second vehicle. It was taken to a veterinary hospital and is in stable condition.

Police have made no decisions regarding possible charges against the driver of the van.

B.C. Coroners Service is now involved with the investigation and will be working jointly with the Nanaimo RCMP.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.

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